Its always interesting to see a shipping container home completed. But even more interesting is the construction and the speed that the modules drop into place. Designed by architects Claire Helene Drouin and Jean Marie Sanchez this French home had most of its cutting work done prior to dropping things in. Obviously if you have the space doing it all on the deck rather than having the issue of sheet metal at heights being cutaway makes a huge difference on construction time as well.
The DIY market on container houses is also booming, crazy to think wasn’t long ago people would think you were mad for even talking about living in a shipping container. Yet here we are today finding in some areas a shortage of shipping containers for construction projects, also mixed with reduced imports at the same time they are catching on in a big way. Even homes are starting to emerge for sale which is on the good side if you don’t actually want to go through the hassles of construction.For a DIY self added touch to your container house design your own flower arrangements.
Add to that the emergence of DIY home builders not only constructing but doing the planning phases themselves its obviously a good cost cutting exercise as well as the modular building block shipping containers make it easier for the beginner to understand. Its designed for its strength and to much higher specifications than the average home.
Eventually the kitchen installation is going in and I had heard it was difficult to put these units together but so far so good its been pretty easy. It does take time to make sure things are level and lined up but its getting there. The refrigerator is supposed to be turning up next week and I hope the kitchen is finished in time for its arrival.
When I was researching the construction of shipping container home projects I was disappointed that there was little information on the conclusion of projects and I am beginning to see why. Its the end of the project or second fix as its called in construction that is time consuming. Putting the concrete floor or the framing may seem like major steps in the construction but then seem minor milestones compared to the hassles and effort going in to installing things like flooring, kitchen cabinets or painting trim. The garage apartment is an extension of the container house and I will be getting back to that as soon as I can with some updates more frequently.
The blog has been a little quiet lately but its not doing to a lack of things going on but the reverse. Several interested parties has stepped forward for various construction projects all of which I am now knocking up drawings and ideas for how far the projects will go we will have to wait and see currently its just in the early stages but can see it developing well if it gets taken seriously especially by local government as a housing solution. There are several reasons I am keen to do low cost housing including giving people dignity and pride in their home which should hopefully tie in with other projects to make a sustainable higher standard of living possible. On top of that shipping container class rooms are also on the cards as well as an interesting swimming pool idea so all in all its getting pretty busy. I will share some of the 3D images once I have finished the designs but I would request donations if you decide to use any of the sketches or drawings purely towards building the beach house container house here which will be fully online from start to finish to show you how to build it yourself. Currently we are looking at an initial budget of P100,000 for the unit and construction.
Just wanted to post an update on ongoing things as people may wonder where I disappeared to.